THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
Floods can cause mass amounts of damage in a small amount of time. It’s hard to see your home in such a state of disrepair, but acting fast can be the difference between minor damage and detrimental losses. As soon as you can safely return to your property, use these cleanup tips to get started right away.
- Dress safely: Floodwaters are full of contaminants that could be harmful to your health. When entering a flooded area, wear protective clothing and safety gear such as rubber boots, safety glasses, thick gloves and a face mask.
- Turn off the power: Water conducts electricity, so take precautions before entering a flooded home. Trip the main circuit breaker to prevent electric shocks.
- Get the air flowing: Moisture allows for mold and mildew growth, which can have nasty side effects on your health. To curb the growth, open all doors and windows. You may even want to bring in fans and/or commercial dehumidifiers.
- Remove everything: All items will need to be removed from damaged areas, including soaked carpet and drywall. Soft items—linens, clothing, curtains etc.—should be sorted into the non-salvable/trash pile if they were completely submerged. Hard items—cookware, wood furniture etc.—can usually be salvaged after a thorough cleaning and disinfecting process.
- Clean salvageable items: Use a solution of three-quarters of a cup of bleach to one gallon of water to scrub down all salvageable items, including floors, countertops, walls, furniture etc. Dishes can be washed in a friend’s dishwasher and undamaged clothes can be laundered.
- Sort electronics: Electronics that were stored on high shelves or on cinder blocks above the floodwaters can usually be salvaged. However, any submerged electronics will have to be thrown away.
- Hire help: Cleaning up after a flood is a big job and you may need help. Some services you can outsource are wet-dry vac services, furniture restoration and carpet and drywall installation.
- Inspect for safety: After the cleanup, have a professional inspect the air ducts for signs of mold and have an electrician inspect your home’s electric system. Once given the okay, you can return cleansed items to your home.
For insurance purposes, take pictures of flood damage and keep receipts associated with the cleanup process to streamline the claims process.
Floods can ruin your home but coverage can protect your bank account. Call Pro Player Insurance Group
at (954) 316-4662 for more information on Fort Lauderdale flood insurance
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